Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1918

Incident date

February 22, 2017

Location

الجابرية, Al-Jabriya, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

34.7988165, 36.8560061 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Four or five civilians died and four or five more were wounded in an alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrike on the village of Al-Jabriya in Hama, according to sources on the ground. Fourteen militants from the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham were also claimed killed.

AMC reported that “four paramedics were killed and another was wounded” in a morning airstrike on the village. Halab News put the death toll at five.

Multiple other sources reported that a group of journalists was struck, leading to the death of one of them (Bara’’a Hallak, known as Abu al Yazid Taftanaz) who was the Al Jisr channels correspondent and also reportedly the former media representative for Ahrar al Sham, the Islamic Freedom Movement. A second Al Jisr correspondent was named as wounded – along with four other correspondents from media organisations including Assi Press, Orient News and the Smart News Agency.

According to Rozana, “a media activist was killed and three other media activists were injured on Wednesday [Feb 22nd] as a result of a raid on Al-Jabriya, believed to belong have been carried out by the regime. The media activists were covering the fighting in the northern Hama countryside.

“The satellite channel Al-Jisr named its correspondent Mohammed Yazid ‘Abu al-Yazid al-Tafnazzi’ as killed in an air raid while he was covering events in the northern Hama countryside. Additionally, Orient TV reported that its correspondent Saif al-Abdullah was injured by an air strike targeting a gathering of media activists in Hama.

“According to the Smart News Agency, the air raid  led to the injury of itys correspondent Mohammed al-Hweesh. He suffered shrapnel wounds in the abdomen and the heel of the foot. At the time, the correspondent of Assi Press, Iyad Abu al-Joud, was also slightly injured in the strike”.

Smart Provided further details on the condition of its correspondent Mohammed al-Hweesh, stating that “doctors had to amputate his left leg, and  he underwent an operation on the abdomen to remove shrapnel. He also suffered a fracture in his right foot.” Smart said that the regime was likely responsible for the strike.

However, Syria News Desk pointed to both “Russian and regime warplanes”. It reported that 1″4 members  of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, four paramedics and a media activist were killed and four journalists were injured” in the airstrike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (4–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Muhammad Dheban al-Dubaie, a nurse from the village of al-Mughayir, killed in an alleged regime strike on Al Jabriya village, Feb 22nd 2017.
  • Bara’’a Hallak, known as Abu al Yazid Taftanaz, killed in a strike on Al-Jabriya, feb 22nd (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • Another image of journalist Bara’’a Hallak, known as Abu al Yazid Taftanaz, published by Rozana)
  • Saif al-Abdullah, a journalist working for Orient who was wounded in the strike on Al-Jabriya, Feb 22nd (via Orient)
  • A journalist wounded in the strike on Al-Jabriya, Feb 22nd (via Orient)
  • Another journalist wounded in the Feb 22nd strike on Al-Jabriya (via HNN)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any specific strikes between February 1st - 31st 2017.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (4–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (13) [ collapse]